Although it certainly didn’t start there, I have Pete Pardo and the Sea of Tranquility YouTube channel to thank for my latest musical excavation. Looking back over this site’s history it’s no secret I love the music of the 70s in all its facets. But hard rock, metal, and prog have always been my bread and butter, and my listening habits have recently been all but taken over by the sinister siren of Moog synthesizers and Fender Rhodes, of the primitive lock of bass and drums matched against Marshall amps stacked to the heavens, reverberating with the root of a thousand riffs chained within, that pentatonic box which birthed a thousand bands…a million songs. From the obscenely popular to the ominously obscured, I’ve been digging deep into the woodwork of 70s rock, and it’s all that damn Pardo’s fault.Continue reading “Consuming the 70s: Heavy and (Not) Forgotten”
Don’t ask me how, but in the midst of a massive change in my role at work and a ton of doctor appointments, I got the metal itch again. So my lack of new entries here doesn’t mean I’ve completely neglected writing…I’ve just been writing over at Nine Circles. So if you’re interested in some of what I’ve been digging in the more extreme world of music, there’s quick summaries and links after the jump.Continue reading “Meanwhile, Over at Nine Circles…(March 2021)”
Let’s be fair: there’s probably very little I can contribute to the enormity of writing on the righteous rock god status of that street-walking’ cheetah Iggy Pop and the incendiary power of The Stooges. The man and the band are untouchable in the annals of rock, stone cold classic purveyors of the form and I’m not going to dispute that. So instead I want to talk about how Raw Power, that nuclear A-bomb of ripping rock helped me to understand thats much of an album’s power comes from how you listen, as much as what is on it. So let’s get into the Bowie vs. Iggy mix…Continue reading “Iggy and the Stooges: Raw Power (1973)”
Man, it’s been a year, huh? I know I haven’t posted since the end of 2019, but I’ve been writing and keeping busy. I still throw in the occasional review or massive three-part, 10,000 word end-of-year wrap-up for metal, and I’ve also been writing and recording a monthly podcast for my friend Jon’s film blog Cinema Dual. But if I’m being honest, it’s been getting harder and harder to focus when life, the universe, and everything turns into a dumpster fire of global pandemics, racial injustice, and a government that seems hellbent on tearing down the entire country for its own selfish gains.
Makes it hard to write about the latest Ben Folds Five album, you know?
Been a while since I’ve taken to this site. In addition to life getting in the way, I grew somewhat disillusioned with the cadence of everything in alphabetical order. Trying to fit in all the things I wanted to listen to but also making time to repeated listens of every Ben Folds release in sequence got tiring (sorry, Ben). So I took a step back, focused on the things I wanted to listen to, and just basically enjoyed music. Continue reading “New Year, Lists, What’s Ahead: A Miscellany”
It’s family vacation time, so no updates for a bout a week. Gonna catch up on books, sun, beach, and whatever music I feel like listening to. Iggy Pop will be prominent, as will the first Tame Impala album, which I fell in love with the first time I heard. Which was, not so coincidentally, at the beach. Continue reading “At the Beach…”